• Actor, Director, Cinematographer

Jun 14, 1962  in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India

Also Known as: V. Jayaprakash

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One of the most popular names in the south Indian film Industry, Jayaprakash is a multiple award-winning Indian actor and producer who is best known for portraying supporting roles. Hailing from a humble family in Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, Jayaprakash, before making it big in the film industry had worked in fields and took up several odd jobs including working in a petrol pump, billiards parlor and many more.

Following years of struggle, Jayapraksh started his career in the film industry as a producer and made films under his own production banner named GJ Cinema. His maiden production venture was the critically acclaimed Tamil comedy drama film Gopala Gopala, which released in 1996. After the success of his debut film, over the years, Jayaprakash produced about eight films. Some of his notable production ventures include Thavasi (2001), Julie Ganapathi (2003), Chellamae (2004) and Neranja Manasu (2004).

Whilst he could not earn as much success as his first film with hi other production ventures, he gained wide popularity and fame as an actor. Having made his debut on the silver screen in an uncredited role with Thondan in 1995, the actor took a long break from acting before eventually making his comeback in 2007 at the age of 45. His comeback film Maya Kannadi (2007) did not fare well at the box office. His first big breakthrough as an actor was with Pasanga, which released in 2009. His brilliant performance as Chokkalingam, a professor not only won him wide appreciation from both critics and the audience but also earned him his maiden Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Tamil and a Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor.

After the incredible success of Pasanga, Jayaprakash got many offers and over the years he has starred in more than 30 films. In 2010, Jayaprakash delivered yet another stellar performance in Naan Mahaan Alla and walked away with the Edison Award for Best Character Actor. His other notable film credits as an actor include Rowthiram (2011), Mankatha (2011), Marina (2012), Ethir Neechal (2013), Biriyani (2013), Poojai (2014), Thani Oruvan (2015), Pasanga 2 (2015), Idhu Namma Aalu (2016), Spyder (2017), and Chil La Sow (2018), a Telugu movie directed by Rahul Ravindran.